BOATING, SWIMMING, RIDING.
BOATING. Boats: Plank war boatsaLarge dimensionsaKeel laying ceremonyaMethod of buildingaPreservation of planksaOver-landingaSquallsaBandongsa Kadjangs a PaddlesaLong hoursaSpeedaDistant voyages. Dug-Outs : Bintulu barongsaUnsinkableness- Surf-runninga Fishwives' humour - Muka RegattaaVarious descriptionsaMethod of digging outaThe Baram dug-outsaKanowitsaStrength and elasticity. Bark Canoes. Poling: SpeedaExpertnessa Overcoming rapidsaStirring scenes. SWIMMING. MermaidsaGood swimmersaStream crossingaDiving. RIDING. Bagu buffaloes
" The Sea Dyak war boats are well constructed and good models, and very fast ; some will hold as many as sixty or seventy men, with two months' provisions. The keel is flat, with a curve or sheer of hard wood. A long one does not exceed six fathoms, and upon it they will build a boat of eleven fathoms over all. The extra length of planks which overlap, is brought up with a sheer. They caulk the seams with a bark which is plentiful in the jungle. No other fastenings but rattans are used. They paint their boats red and white,athe former is generally an ochre, but occasionally they use a kind of red seed pounded ; the white is simply lime, made from sea shells." (St. John i. 70.) Sir Jas. Brooke states the red paint to be an ochre mixed with oil. (Mundy i. 303.)
Lieut. Marryat describes a fine Lundu war boat " about forty feet long, mounting a gun, and capable of containing forty
or fifty men. She was very gaily decorated with paint and feathers. These war prahus have a flat strong roof, from which they fight, although they are wholly exposed to the spears and arrows of the K a y an^Fi g u^e- hea d for enemy." (p. 83.) He also men-
An udok aso myLlogSd animal with tions a DYak war boat sufficiently gibbon in its jaws. capacious to hold from seventy to
(Brooke Low Coll.) eighty men. (p. 64.)
At Lundu before " the Orang Kaya commenced to build his boat, many plates and dishes were carefully laden with rice and other eatables ; sirih and pinang (betel) were also placed so that the spirits could partake of these luxuries and satisfy themselves. Besides this, to the people congregated around the place where the boat was about to be built, arrack was served
Ornament on Bow of Ilanun Pirate Boat.
(After Sir Edw. Belcher.)(After Sir Edw. Belcher.)